Friday Links

Well, the Super Bowl will be held this coming Sunday, and since we here at Abnormal Use and Gallivan, White, & Boyd, P.A. maintain an office in Charlotte, North Carolina, you can imagine that we are excited about the prospects of the Panthers. How about that Cam Newton, eh? So, yes, we’ll be watching the game, perhaps even tweeting about it here and there, enjoying it all the while. Keep Pounding!

Our favorite tweet of the week, of course, is also Panthers related:

Anticipating The Super Bowl

With the Super Bowl looming (and our own Charlotte Panthers participating therein), we here at Abnormal Use thought it would be best to revisit some of our favorite football posts. Sure, some of them relate to college football, while others relate to the NFL. But they all address legal issues relating to one of our favorite games. So, please enjoy.

NFL Litigation May Forever Change Football” (August 19, 2013).

PA vs. NCAA: Does the Commonwealth Have Standing?” (January 16, 2013).

NFL Punter Claims Turf Unreasonably Dangerous” (November 29, 2012).

Former NFL Players Allege NFL Concealed Risks of Injury” (September 14, 2011).

The Return of College Football (And Some Law Stuff)” (September 1, 2011).

South Carolina’s College Football Stadium Parking Jurisprudence” (July 12, 2011).

Oh, and here’s one that sounds like it’s about college football, but it’s really not:

Georgia vs. Texas” (March 25, 2010).

Abnormal Use At The DRI Product Liability Conference (In New Orleans)

We here at Abnormal Use have been writing about products liability cases for six years now. So, it may not surprise you, dear readers, that we will be attending the 2016 DRI Product Liability Conference this week in New Orleans, Louisiana. As you may suspect, we here at the blog and at Gallivan, White, & Boyd, P.A. are big fans of DRI and remain very active in that organization. So, our editor, Jim Dedman, will be at this week’s products liability conference. If you see him, please introduce yourself. He may even have with him some snazzy promotional materials we created in support of our blogging efforts. (Jim is also the chair for newsletters for the DRI Product Liability Committee.).

If Jim follows tradition, he will be live tweeting at least some portions of the conference. You can follow him either at his personal Twitter account, @JimDedman, or our firm’s official Twitter account, @GWBLawFirm. If you yourself are on Twitter (and surely you must be), please check it out and send us a note. We understand that DRI is using the hashtag #DRIProducts for the conference, so look there, too!

Friday Links


How about those Carolina Panthers, eh? To celebrate the Panthers earning a spot in the Super Bowl, we’ve featured the cover of NFL SuperPro Super Bowl Special #1, published way, way back in the halcyon days of 1991. We have no idea what sort of marketing stunt Marvel Comics and the NFL were attempting here, but behold it in all of its glory.

We must confess that we’re a bit envious of legal comedy blogger Kevin Underhill, who writes at the very funny Lowering The Bar site. John Cleese responded to one of his tweets? Can you believe that? If you don’t believe us, please click here.

Rest in peace, Abe Vigoda. Let’s all watch Tessio’s final scene to honor the late actor.

Our favorite tweet of late is both law and football related:

Friday Links


Above, you’ll find the cover of Aquaman #21, published not so long ago in 2013. As you can see, Aquaman is having a bit of difficulty trekking through a snowstorm. We’re not fans of Aquaman, actually. But this cover is relevant, of course, because of the arrival of the snowpocalypse. In fact, due to the inclement weather conditions in North Carolina and the Upstate South Carolina area, we here at Abnormal Use and Gallivan, White, & Boyd, P.A. have closed our Charlotte and Greenville offices today, Friday, January 22. All other GWB offices (Columbia and Charleston) will remain open and operate on a normal schedule.

Rest in peace, Glenn Frey.

Don’t forget that the reboot of “The X-Files” arrives this weekend. Brace yourself for disappointment.

Our favorite legal tweet of late concerns a warning label:

Martin Luther King Day

We here at Abnormal Use and Gallivan, White, & Boyd, P.A. celebrate the legacy and leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In honor of this day, our offices are closed today. Let us all revisit his “I Have A Dream” speech on this occasion.  You can find the full text of it here.

Friday Links

What a week. First, we lose David Bowie, and then, Alan Rickman. We here at Abnormal Use are fans of both of those talented artists, and we mourn their loss. A sad week for music and film.

The website Charlotte Beer turned five this week. We congratulate its author, Daniel Hartis, on this occasion. We’ve interviewed Daniel twice, once in 2013, and again in 2014.

No, we have not yet watched “Making A Murderer.”

Our favorite legal tweet of the week involves syrup. Make certain you spell it correctly.

DRI Product Liability Conference

As we do, we here at Abnormal Use will be attending the annual DRI Product Liability Conference. This year, it’s in at the Marriott in New Orleans from February 3 through 5. We expect that it will be a quite a program. We’ve not yet decided if we’ll be live tweeting the event, although you can certainly expect a few tweets and updates from our editor, Jim Dedman (who also serves as the chair of the DRI Product Liability Committee’s Newsletter section). If you’d like to join us at the conference, you can find the registration information here. We’ll be posting a bit more about the conference before we make the trek, so look out for future updates here in the coming weeks.

E-Filing Pilot Program to Expand to Sumter and Lee Counties on January 19, 2016

If you’ve been paying attention, South Carolina is experimenting with e-filing in state court. Pilot programs are appearing, and recently, the South Carolina Supreme Court expanded the e-filing pilot program to include Sumter and Lee Counties. In case you missed it, here’s the two paragraph order expanding the pilot program to include those two counties:

IT IS ORDERED that the Pilot Program for the Electronic Filing (E-Filing) of documents in the Court of Common Pleas, which was established in Clarendon County by Order dated December 1, 2015, is expanded to include Sumter County and Lee County, beginning January 19, 2016.  Beginning January 19, 2016, all filings in all common pleas cases commenced or pending in Sumter County and Lee County must be E-Filed if the party is represented by an attorney, unless the type of case or the type of filing is excluded from the Pilot Program.

Attorneys should refer to the South Carolina Electronic Filing Policies and Guidelines, which were adopted by the Supreme Court on October 28, 2015, and the training materials available at to determine whether any specific filings are exempted from the requirement that they be E-Filed.  Attorneys who have cases pending in Pilot Counties are strongly encouraged to review, and to instruct their staff to review, the training materials available on the E-Filing Portal.

You can read the full order here.

David Bowie (1947 – 2016)


We here at Abnormal Use were saddened this morning to learn of the death of musician David Bowie. Just last week, in our Friday Links posts, we commented upon the release of his new album, Blackstar (which we spent most of the weekend listening to). That Friday, in fact, was Bowie’s birthday.

We encourage everyone to revisit Bowie’s discography this week. We’re going to blast “Heroes,” “Young Americans,” and “Something In The Air.”

Above, you’ll find the cover of Rock N’ Roll Comics #56, published back in the halcyon days of 1993.